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INSTANT VIEW-Reaction to Irish vote on EU treaty

(Reuters) - Irish voters have rejected the EU’s Lisbon treaty in a referendum, Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern conceded on Friday.

Here is some initial reaction to the news.

ROBERT WORCESTER AT POLLSTERS MORI

“It may be a eureka moment now but it will be business as usual in Brussels. It will come back as mutton dressed as lamb.

“They (the EU) will get their president no matter what, their foreign minister no matter what and the Brussels steamroller will eventually overcome public hostility.”

HOLGER SCHMIEDING, ECONOMIST, BANK OF AMERICA

“The euro seems to be reacting negatively. But even if the no vote is confirmed, we don’t expect a lasting negative impact on exchange rates as it won’t have a significant economic impact for the foreseeable future. It’s a significant political headache but not a significant economic issue for the time being.”

ANTONIO MISSIROLI, DIRECTOR EUROPEAN POLICY CENTRE THINK TANK

“This triggers a political crisis in Europe that requires strong leadership in Ireland, in Brussels and elsewhere in Europe. The sooner action is take the more likely it is that the crisis can be addressed and hopefully resolved.”

PHILIP STEPHENS, CHIEF POLITICAL COMMENTATOR AT FINANCIAL TIMES

“I think it is a blow for the European Union after the agonies and tribulations of the last few years. But I think the Irish vote must be respected.

“Unless the Irish government request otherwise, it would be futile to try and resurrect the treaty for a second time.

“Europe now must address the problems most pressing for Europeans -- economic downturn, climate change and turmoil in the Middle East.”

WYN GRANT, PROFESSOR OF POLITICS AT WARWICK UNIVERSITY.

“This creates a serious problem for the European Union. In the past the Irish have been told to have another referendum and get the result right. I don’t know that they can do that this time.

“If they don’t then the whole treaty is jeopardised. It indicates another loss of public confidence in the European union. It often comes across as a rather technocratic and remote body which doesn’t engage very effectively EU citizens. So it is torrid times for the 27.”

POLISH PRIME MINISTER DONALD TUSK

“Ireland will for sure find a way to ratify this treaty” (speaking to reporters)

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